Formed 2004 ... Herts 7s U14 Runners-up 2005 ... North Herts U14 team, Herts Youth Games 2005 runners-up (coached by Letchworth)... Herts Superteams U14 Runners-up 2005 ... Herts SuperTeams "Fairplay" winners 2006 ... Rochford 10s U17 Champions 2006 ... East Midlands 10s U17 Runners-up 2007 ... East Midlands 10s U17 "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... National 10s U17 5th place and "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... Herts 7s U17 Plate runners-up 2007 ... National 7s U17 Plate winners 2007 ... RFU "President's XV" Award winners 2007 ... Herts Superteams winners 2007 ... Midlands 10s U18 Runners-up 2008 ... National 10s U18 4th place 2008 ... North Herts U11 team, Herts Youth Games 2008 runners-up (coached by Letchworth girls) ... London and SE 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2008 ... Herts 7s U18s runners-up 2008 ... National 7s U18s quarter-finalists 2008 ... Gloucester City 10s U18 Bowl runner-up (6th) 2009 ... Worthing 10s U18 Plate runner-up 2009 ... National 7s U18 Plate winners 2009... Worthing 10s U15 Plate winners 2010... Worthing 10s U18 Shield winners 2010... Herts 7s U15 and U18 Bowl runners-up 2010... National 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2010...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Women's rugby's ultimate all-rounder?

Meet Emmi Laine, who will be playing for Finland in the European Sevens this weekend. What is so special about her? Well, she is one of the more remarkable, not to say busiest, people in the rugby world.

Emmi, 28, who comes from Jyväskylä in Finland is, presumably in her "spare time" (being as its pretty unlikely that anyone in Finnish rugby gets paid) ...
  • Finland's first ever female international rugby referee (refereed at the European Sevens Division 2 tournament two weeks ago)
  • Centre/wing for Finland's 15-a-side national team
  • A leading member of Finland's sevens team ("player of the tournament" at the Amsterdam Sevens in 2010)
  • A leading administrator with Finland's national rugby union
  • The IRB's "lead contact" for women's rugby in Finland
  • Organiser of Finland's famous "Lumirugbya" (snow rugby) tournament
In short, there is almost nothing in Finnish rugby that she does not seem to do, other than maybe drive the coach. Is there any one person anywhere else in the world more involved with in every aspect of the game than Emmi?

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